Category Archives: Essence

Easy Navy & Neon Half Moons 

I’m sure I’m not the only one whose first nail art involved those paper hole re-enforcements. This design is very reminiscent of those early nail art designs when all I had at my nail art disposal was those little sticky circles & a $1.99 dotting tool by Essence. & even though it’s a relatively simple design, I think it looks so classy & chic! 

For this manicure, I used:

  • Base Coat: Cutex Brittle Nail Fix
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • China Glaze Purple Panic
  • China Glaze Sleeping Under the Stars
  • Essie Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo
  • Paper Hole re-enforcements (I buy mine from the Dollar Store)
  • Small dotting tool (like this one from Essence!)  

If you’re looking for an easy, simple nail art design this would be a great option! The hardest part is waiting for your base colour to dry (& thanks to quick dry top coat, even that comes pretty easy.) I really like this colour combination–you have Purple Panic with all its neon beauty topped with Sleeping Under the Stars which has that very pretty pink shimmer that compliments the neon pink really well. This is a great in-between mani. & a little more sparkle by adding those gold dots. 

What do you think of this mani? What is your favourite old school nail art technique? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Easy Pink Gradient Dotticure

Gradient dotticures never get old to me. They’re such a quick, easy option for nail art & sometimes I’m all about the quick & easy manicures! While I used to be able to stay up all night creating complex & time consuming design, I just don’t always have that option anymore (& when I do the next day is always rough!)

 For anyone who is just getting into nail art, I’m always quick to suggest trying out dotticures because you don’t really need any tools since a bobby pin works easily, & they’re hard to mess up! Back in the early days of my nail art journey, I probably wore a gradient dotticure twice a week if not more. There is just so many ways to do it! 

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Cutex Brittle Nail Fix
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Essie Splash of Grenedine
  • Essence Black is Back
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard to Get
  • Essie No Place Like Chrome
  • Small Dotting Tool or Bobby Pin

Quick & easy. I’ve been looking back at super old manicures from my early nail art days & thinking about doing a whole beginner nail art series featuring some of my early nail art designs & some tips for starting out!

What do you think of this dotticure? Do you love a good gradient dotticure too? Let me know in the comments below! 

Easter Zig Zag Chevrons

Happy Easter! Was the Easter bunny good to everyone? Did you get lots of chocolate & maybe a few polishes of choice in your basket too? 🐰 I went out earlier in the week & picked up my husbands Easter treats (& a few goodies for my self in the clearance polish section at Lawton’s.) We’re also heading to my Mother in Law’s later for an egg hunt for the kiddos and dinner. 

 I thought in honour of Easter I’d share these zig zag chevron nails that look kind of like Easter eggs! Outside of Easter, these could definitely work as just a fun Spring mani as well. 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Base Coat: Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • China Glaze Sun Upon My Skin
  •  Essie Lounge Lover
  • OPI Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon
  • Essence You Let My Heart Skin A Beat 
  • Kiss Products Nail Art tips (Chevron vinyls) 

This colour combination works so perfectly for Easter & totally looks like Easter eggs. This would be a great design to go with when you need a quick Easter inspired mani, but don’t have the time (or patience) to do something freehand. 

What are you wearing on your nails today? Did you go with a simple Easter mani, or something more fun? Let me know in the comments below! & don’t forget to enjoy all that chocolate the Easter bunny brought you! 

Pink and Blue dotticure. 

I was browsing Instagram yesterday, and while admiring @traceyloveslacquer‘s monthly favourites I could helped but obsess over her dotticures (because they’re gorgeous). So obviously I needed to do my own dotticure because it’s been like a week. 😂 Seriously though, dotticures are just so easy and fun. 
The colours for this mani were inspired by baby-to-be (pink and blue) who has officially overstayed their welcome. But I really think these colours would work for a variety of occasions… even a not so typical Valentine’s Day design if you didn’t want to go strictly pink. 

The polishes used for this mani were:

  • China Glaze Secret Peru-wink-le
  • Wet N Wild 2% Milk
  • Essence Cosmetics Dreaming of Love
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Tickled Pink 
  • Essie Gel Setter 

Such a simple design, but I love how it looks! And the great thing about a dotticure is it pretty much works for every occasion and colour combination. 

Negative space stripes. 

I’ve written before about my love for all things involving negative space nail art, and today I have a quick negative space accent nail to share. I’ve been trying to do my nails as much as possible while I still can, while also coming up with ideas for quick nail art I may be able to do after baby comes. Thank god for nail vinyls, am I right? Going to need to order a bunch before baby comes for those days I can actually do my nails! 

These negative space stripes are definitely perfect for a quick accent nail. They look way more complicated then they actually are! Thankfully you don’t have to wait near as long to use tape or vinyls when you’re only applying it over base coat. 

For this manicure I used: 

  • Essence Rock Your World!
  • Sally Hansen Cherry Cherry Bang Bang 
  • Kiss Products Nail Art Striper in Black. 
  • Striping Tape
  • Essie Gel Setter 

I really love the combination of grey and pink–they just always go so well together! 

What are your favourite accent nail designs? Let me know in the comments below! I’ve also been thinking about maybe starting to do some tutorials, so if that is something you’d be interested in seeing, let me know. 

Galaxy Nails. 

Still trying to get back into nail art, so I’ve been browsing my Pinterest A LOT trying to come up nail design ideas. It’s been way too long since I did some Galaxy nails, so I decided I needed to give them another go! It also helped that I was already wearing a darker blue polish (I’m Electro over a nameless dark blue metallic Essie) which made a great base for my design. 

The polishes used for this mani are: 

  • Revlon I’m Electro
  • Nameless Essie 
  • Essence Back to Black
  • Avon Vintage Blue 
  • China Glaze Float On 
  • Finger Paints Gorgeous Graffiti
  • China Glaze Fairy Dust 
  • Essie Gel Setter 

What are you wearing on your nails on this Mani Monday? 

Cactus Pattern Nails

Hello Darlings & happy Saturday!

Today I have some cute cactus pattern nails to share with you! I’ve been seeing a lot of adorable cactus manicures popping up in my Instagram feed lately including adorable manicures by @ChelseaQueen, @NailAllie, & @theBaseCoat. So with so much amazing inspiration around me, I had to try and create my own cactus design! It took two tries (my first attempt was, ahem, not the prettiest) but I think that my final design turned out quite cute!


The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • China Glaze I’ve Got A Blue Attitude
  • Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art pen in Green
  • Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art pen in Purple
  • Essence The Green and The Grunge
  • Quo by Orly Diva
  • ACO by Ardene Techno Green
  • Essie Gel Setter


First off, can I just comment on how perfect China Glaze I’ve Got A Blue Attitude is? I picked it & We’ve Got The Beet on payday & I LOVE it! Anytime a colour looks like it glows on my nails, I’m pretty much guarenteed to fall in love with it & I’ve Got A  Blue Attitude definitely glows on the nail. I think it’s the perfect colour to pair with my little cactus design.

What nail patterns are you loving right now & where do you get your inspiration? Let me know in the comments below!


X-pattern Accent Nails 

Hellos loves! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. 

Sharing some more bright and colourful nails with you today! I’m all about the neon right now! It’s all my craving on my nails. It’s also giving me a chance to pull out more my MyNailsDid Nail Vinyls!  I’m back to being a wee bit nail vinyls obsessed… Again. Once we move I need to make a big order!


The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Color Club Pucci-licious
  • China Glaze Purple Panic
  • OPI I Canolli Wear OPI
  • Essence Lets Get Lost
  • OPI Life Gave Me Lemons
  •  Essie Gel Setter 
  • MyNailsDid X-pattern vinyls. 

Are you a fan of nails vinyls? Which ones are you obsessed with right now? Obviously chevrons have my heart, but you have no idea how much I want to get my hands on some of those kitty nail vinyls that I keep seeing around! They’re so amazing! 

Freehand Tribal Accent Nails. 

I’ve been slacking on the blog front thanks to work stress and an impending move. No time to sit down and concentrate on blogging. Hopefully I’ll have more time soon, but in the mean time I thought I’d share some tribal. 

I love tribal/Aztec print… I might even almost love it more than floral. It’s been a while since I shared a tribal print mani, so I knew I needed to do some! I adore how these turned out. 

The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • OPI Gelato on my Mind
  • OPI I Cannoli Wear OPI
  • Essie In the Cab-Ana
  • China Glaze Plur-ple
  • Essence Back in Black 
  • Essie Gel Setter 
  • Circle stickers from Dollarama
  • Born Pretty Store small detail nail art brush. 


Finally weather in Halifax is getting warm and Spring like! I can finally break out the Spring dresses… Even if I still need some tights for the mornings. Makes me excited for warm summer days and pretty bright nail polishes! 

Floral accent nail featuring China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le

Good morning lovelies. Hope the weather is beautiful where you are. 

Here in Halifax, Mother Nature is playing a nasty late April Fools joke on us and has been giving us weather better suited to Early March!  So what better what to combat the chill then with some pretty floral? 🌻

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le
  • OPI I Cannoli Wear OPI 
  • Unnamed Cosmetic Arts Peach polish 
  • Unnamed Cosmetic Arts Pink polish. 
  • Essie In the Cabana
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow. 
  • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art pen in green. 
  • Essence The Green and the Grunge
  • Essie Good to Go 
  • Sally Hansen Nail Art studs. 


Have I mentioned how ready for Spring I am?! Really, really ready. The weather may not be agreeing, but at least these nails can help me play pretend for a while. 🌸